News is a direct tool of influence on public consciousness. The goal of the news is to provide to the society objective information about a particular event or action. News is a direct tool of influence on public consciousness. The goal of the news is to provide to the society objective information about a particular event or action.



 
 

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Redesign Concept
George Kvasnikov ·10/2014
News is a direct tool of influence on public consciousness. The goal of the news is to provide to the society objective information about a particular event or action.
News is a direct tool of influence on public consciousness. The goal of the news is to provide to the society objective information about a particular event or action.
In reality, news is often just retelling of events, passed through the prism of an author’s own subjective judgment, beliefs and attitudes. Authorship of the news inevitably leads to inconsistencies in the coverage of the same events.
Moreover, the author often deliberately covers the events from his beneficial point of view, which he thereby can use to manipulate public opinion.
Today, there are a lot of news media and many of them are dependent on the government, radicalized, or critical, and so on. The problem of “point of view”, while reporting the news, is very significant.
It has become very difficult to understand the flow of information. To figure out the truth, to form your own opinion about this or that, is a tremendous challenge for the modern man.
These facts cause the need to create tools that allow the reader to easily handle the news information, analyze it, to screen out unnecessary biases and form their own opinion.
Research
Like most of the services from Google, Google News is a great tool to work with while searching for news, which offers unique opportunities. Google developed a unique algorithm, which allows reading the news on the same topic from different sources.
Analysis of the current site
First of all, news.google.com was carefully analyzed in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current design.
Google News was announced in 2002 and since then has changed only slightly. For 12 years the concept of Usability stepped forward and the user becomes more demanding of usability and appearance.
User Cases
Understanding the target audience is very important thing for any website. In order to test the ideas and hypotheses, I took 4 fictional characters from the task audience of Google News and analysed what needs they are willing to meet on the site, which functions could be useful.
I wrote out all the existing and new features Google News and sorted them according to the characters needs.
Features and Fuctionality
Based on the analysis of the results and User Cases, I had a brainstorming session to figure out which new functions, which renewed old functions, and which visual approach, could satisfy users needs.
After the brainstorming session, the most important points were selected and sorted by two categories: Functional and Visual.
User Scenarios
To be sure, that the choices of functionality cover the needs of the target audience, I have created a couple of user scenarios, based on user case personas.
UX and Design Principles
Since the user needs and what is needed for the successful redesign of Google News were realized, it’s time to create a site map. The main goal is to simplify the site map, as much as possible, and minimize the number of steps the user needs to do to complete the task.
Sketches and Wireframes
Since I defined the goals and instruments of the redesign of Google News and the sitemap, it is time to define the framework of the new website. I have created hundreds of pages with scribbles to determine the right page content and design layout.
Mood Board
While creating wireframes, I’ve been collecting the mood board. It contains everything that could inspire me to find the better, more creative and is easier to use solutions, helps me to define the look and feel of the coming design.
I create mood boards and wireframes usually at the same time. This helps, not only to create the best user experience, but also to have an idea of how it could be designed.
Typography and Grid
As the main typography, I have chosen the norm for Google, Roboto font, which perfectly represents the simplicity of the Google brand. For articles, I have chosen PT Serif, which is available in most alphabets.
Grid is based on 12 columns and 8px baselines, which is also very typical for all new Google designs and is optimal for most interfaces.
Design
After a long preparation period, I’ve focused on design. It took about 5 weeks to create designs for each page, settings, and each interactive element separately. The design is fully responsive and represents a well-thought-out UX.
Home page
Home page scrolled down
While scrolling down, the left panel collapse and the top bar sticks to the top. The new Google News uses 100% of place without wasting any pixel of space.
Add your favourite news sources and languages
Adding new news category is easy in one click
Consider different points of view
Follow every story in its context
Coverages are one of central new features of Google News. Now google users are able to create their own coverages and stories. They can collect articles, quotes, media files etc., which represent their point of view and then spread it into the world! With coverages it’s easy to follow every story in it’s context.
Browse coverages
Coverage cover
Coverage cover
Coverage overview
it’s all about
Functionality, Usability, Reading experience
Article view
Add content to coverage
it’s very easy to
Create your own Coverage
it’s all about
Being responsive without limitations
Homepage
Article Preview
Read Article
Addition options
Addition options - scrolled down
Addition options - scrolled down
Coverages
Coverages cover
The Google News redesign was done for study purposes only and is not supposed to be implemented. The redesign contain ideas, which I would like Google News to take into consideration to make the news reading experience more rich, interactive and original.